Archive for September, 2011

‘Maltese Falcon, is both funny and suspenseful,” Review, The Morning Call

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Sam Spade and Brigid learn the secret behind the falcon.

By Myra Yellin Outwater, Special to The Morning Call

The Crowded Kitchen Players has spent a lot of time recreating the classic feel of a film noir in its production of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon,” now playing at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place in Quakertown.

This version of the classic detective mystery opens with seductively dressed chanteuse Elizabeth Buss singing the blues. Period background music gives the show a haunting atmosphere.The female members of the cast wear striking and at times dazzling black and white outfits, particularly Pamela McLean Wallace as the widow Iva.

Director Ara Barlieb pays homage to the story’s film origins by weaving in several video clips showing Hammett’s famed Detective Sam Spade, played with a suave and laconic demeanor by David Oswald, talking on the phone. Barlieb also creatively expands the small stage by having the actors use all of the theater’s stage levels.

For the entire review click or paste: http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/arts/theater/mc-review-maltese-20110927,0,3488527.story

Sept. 30, Oct.1, 7 & 8 at 8 pm
Oct. 2 & 9 at 2 pm

Tickets: $ 18.- Adults, $ 14.- Seniors, $ 8 -Students.

Cash, check or credit card

McCoole’s Arts & Events Place
10 S. Main St. Quakertown

Complimentary valet parking on Fridays & Saturdays!

For reservations and more information, call 610.395.7176 or email ckplayers@rcn.com

Reserved seating with check or credit card pre-payment. Group discounts are available, call for more information.

The Crowded Kitchen Players has spent a lot of time recreating the classic feel of a film noir in its production of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon,” now playing at McCoole’s.

This version of the classic detective mystery opens with seductively dressed chanteuse Elizabeth Buss singing the blues. Period background music gives the show a haunting atmosphere.

“The Maltese Falcon” Opens September 23

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
David 'Oz' Oswald as Private Investigator Sam Spade

David ‘Oz’ Oswald as Private Investigator Sam Spade

Crowded Kitchen Players presents its 47th production, the east coast premiere of Dashiell Hammett’s classic detective story “The Maltese Falcon.” This will be the second production of this play which was adapted by Helen Borgers, and the only staged adaptation authorized by the Hammett estate. It’s only prior performance was at Long Beach Shakespeare Company, California, in 2007.

Greed, betrayal, and murder swoop down San Francisco’s fog draped hills in the form of a mysterious black bird, littering the pavement below with bullet-torn conspirators, jilted lovers, and shattered dreams.

Sept 23, 24, 30, Oct 1, 2, 7 & 8 at 8 pm
Sept 25, Oct 2 & 9 at 2 pm

Tickets: $18 – Adults, $14 – Seniors, $8 – Students (Cash or Check Only)

*Opening Night – September 23rd – All tickets $10.*

McCoole’s Arts & Events Place
10 S. Main St. Quakertown

For reservations and more information, call 610.395.7176 or email ckplayers@rcn.com Reserved seating with pre-payment. Group discounts are available, please call for more information.

The cast of “The Maltese Falcon”:

  • Ara Barlieb directs the cast:
  • David ‘Oz’ Oswald as Sam Spade
  • Carla Thew as Brigid O’Shaughnessy
  • Jay Fletcher as Officer Dundy
  • Tom Harrison as Joel Cairo
  • Jack McGavin as Gutmann
  • Pamela McLean Wallace as Iva
  • Nancy Mikkelsen as Effie
  • James Symmons as Officer Tom Polhaus Michael Thew as Wilmer
  • Stage Manager – Elizabeth Buss
  • Tech Director – Sarah Thomas
  • Art Designer – Nora Oswald